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Amtrak to expand speed control at crash site...More severe weather possible...Suicide bombers target Iraqi forces

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 17, 2015 at 6:50 a.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A system that warns a train engineer of excessive speed and automatically applies brakes if there's no response will be expanded to northbound track in Philadelphia where an Amtrak train derailed, killing eight people. The train hit a curve at more than twice the speed limit. The system is already in use on the southbound rails. Amtrak says it will abide by the federal emergency directives.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Strong storms with rain and hail are expected to continue today in the nation's midsection, though forecasters say the threat of tornadoes is diminished. Authorities in Oklahoma say there were reports of damage to homes and businesses and significant damage to power lines from storms yesterday. Rain and winds also moved across parts of Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota and there were some reports of isolated tornadoes. There are no reports of injuries.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities say multiple suicide car bomb attacks have killed 10 members of Iraqi security forces in Ramadi, which now is largely held by the Islamic State group. Fierce clashes erupted between security forces and Islamic State militants following the attacks.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials now say at least three people were killed and 18 were wounded when a Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near the international airport in Afghanistan's capital today. The attack appears to have targeted vehicles of the European Union police training mission. A British contractor is among the dead.

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are wondering what will happen next at one of the world's most active volcanos after a series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh). The flurry of quakes peaked in intensity Friday, with as many as 25 quakes per hour, and scientists' tilt meters detected that the ground was deforming. Right now, there are two active eruptions on Kilauea, but scientist Steven Brantley says a new one could emerge.

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